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Easy Nerf Camera Tripod

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Imagine you're 12 years old and have just came out of "imaginary gunfights with nerf guns because I think it's cool" stage. You now have all these Nerf guns and accessories on your hands and you don't know what to do. Sell them? How about Up-Cycle them into usable things. So, If you're an aspiring teen, a photographer on a budget, someone who wants to take great photos for their instructable, or just and Average Joe who wants to save the planet by recycling, this project is for you. In this Instructable, I hope to teach you how to take an old Nerf tripod and convert it for camera use. Lets get to work.
 
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Step 1: Parts

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Here is what you'll need:

- Nerf Vulcan Tripod
-1/4" Bolt
-1/4" Nut
-1/4" Wing nut
-1/4" Flange Washer
- (Opt.) 1/4" Lock Washer

Tools

-Drill
-1/4" Drill bit
-Pliers
-Philips Screwdriver
-(Opt.) File

You may be wondering, "Hey, What's with all the Quarter Inch Stuff? Can't I trade them for stuff I have in my parts bin or garage?"
Sorry, truth is, it has to be 1/4" because that is the size of the threads on almost all cameras and camcorders. Trust me, the bolt, nuts, and washers combined are going to only be about a dollar give or take at the hardware store. But if you have them in your parts bin, good for you.







Step 2: Take Off The Lid

I've already done this to my tripod but I took it apart for pictures so if you see things I haven't explained yet, I will in later steps. 
Our first objective is to remove the four screws on the top. After this is done, the lid should come off easily.
GeekTinker3 years ago
 Be cautious with using an extra long 1/4 bolt without support for your camera.  Especially if it is a heavy camera.  You can damage the tripod mount for your camera.  If this happens it is either not able to fixed or will have a high cost to fix.
fruitkid101 (author)  GeekTinker3 years ago
I agree however my camera is relatively light and a 2" bolt is all I had at the time. I do suggest using a one inch, its better.
That makes good sense.  I was posting from experience.  The one that I broke is by today's average weight moderately heavy pro-sumer video camera.  I had to send it in to Canon to be fixed along with some internal issues that kept it from working.  I'm not sure what portion of the cost went towards fixing the tripod mount, but the total bill was $300.  Taught me a valuable lesson about using DIY steady cam rigs.  Of course, it has been used to film paintball tournaments, held backpack and attached to a helmet cam, and survived a 10 day trip to Zambia and back.  ;)
Wow, I'm looking into videoing paintball tourneys. What'd you do for your camera to protect it from hits, or were you filming from the sidelines?
I realize this is 5 months late. I usually keep up with the discussions, but this one slipped past my radar.

Most of the time I film paintball within the netting from the sidelines as players do not like it when the camera operator gets in their way. However, most of the time to get the best shot of one player shooting another you have to get into a position where one of them can hit you with paintballs while you are filming. Other times, you get hit by stray paintballs from players who really aren't aiming, players that think you are on the other team, players that are shooting down a lane that you just happen to be in, and shots that ricochet off of inflatable bunkers and into you.

I use my body to protect my camera when I can. Since I'm already wearing a paintball helmet while filming, I can turn my body and tuck in the camera to take the hits anywhere but on the camera. I also installed a UV filter onto my lens as a last resort.

Currently, I record with a GoPro Hero Helmet Cam, that has a very strong protective outer body shell. I also have a Canon GL2. I took a thick neoprene laptop bag and cut two holes into it. One into the bottom corner and a second one on the side lined up where the video display screen flips out. I place the video camera into the laptop bag with the lens sticking out the hole in one corner and film with my hand inside zippered opening of the sleeve with the camera. This sounds like a good topic for an instructable with pictures for me to type out. ;)

Better late than never. How well does the laptop case idea work, I have a fairly small camera, would a uv lens, and maybe just a case work. It's the canon vixia hf10, if that helps.
fruitkid101 (author)  GeekTinker3 years ago
Well then I guess you are the obvious pro here.
 Hah!  I wish!  I am a true "hobbyist" of the art.  I don't think I've ever made a dime over the cost of all of the camera gear.  However, I have come close to finding temporary satisfaction for my creative impulses every now and then.  It is one good reason for coming to Instructables.com and reading the thoughtful lessons like the ones you have posted!
fruitkid101 (author)  GeekTinker3 years ago
Aww THANKS
cdousley3 years ago
For me the nerf modding stage came right after that. Now I'm done with nerf
origamic123 years ago
"Imagine you're 12 years old and have just came out of "imaginary gunfights with nerf guns because I think it's cool" stage."

lol Has'nt happened to me yet.
and if (formsome reason) you dont want to be seen with a nerf object you can sand of the logos and paint it flat black or to  mactch your camera (but people familar with nerf could still reconize it)
Kaiven3 years ago
 I never left that phase of Nerf... I still buy the guns and mod them. I have some good fun with friends just shooting at each other and stuff.
tytyjul973 years ago
nice idea
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